Monday, November 15, 2010

Help For A Friend

Remember that friend from grade school who always made you laugh...laugh to the point where milk was coming out of your nose?  Well, that was my friend Courtney.  Courtney was everything you could want in an elementary school friend...she was kind, she was intelligent, she wore cool clothes and had a pool in her backyard!  Of course, what was important then isn't quite as important now!  Courtney and I have been friends since the 3rd grade when I transferred from a Catholic school to the neighborhood public school.  Courtney and I remained friends through the awful junior high years, lost touch a bit through high school, but re-connected in college.  I even had the pleasure to room with her our junior year!  I can't remember the last time I laughed as much as I did that year!  Now 10 years out of college, Courtney and I still get a chance to chat once in a while.  While she has been very busy raising three little boys, she has been there every step of the way with Lily.  Courtney has supported us in every fundraiser that we have done for congenital heart defect awareness.  Put simply, Courtney has a heart of gold.  Now it is my turn to help her...

Courtney and her family have decided to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia to give her a chance at a better life.  The expenses to adopt a child from Ethiopia exceed $25,000!  Courtney and her family have started a blog to journal about their adoption experience.  They have also set up several fundraisers to help defray the travel expenses to and from Ethiopia.

The family is currently selling t-shirts.  The cost is $10.  If you are interested leave a comment on her blog.

In January there will be a bean bag tournament held at Courtside.  The cost is $10 per person.

All coffee lovers:  There is a link on Courtney's blog to a website that sells coffee.  For each bag of coffee you buy, the family will receive $5.

If you link to Courtney's blog, there is also a donation site through PayPal!

Whatever child is chosen for Courtney and her family, she will be one lucky little girl!  She will grow up surrounded by love and three older brothers who will protect her.  Lastly, please say a little prayer that all things go smoothly!

http://smithethiopianadoptiondubuque.blogspot.com/